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  • March 17Ky Legislature sends HB 5, 'Book Banning Bill' to Governor
  • March 15Illinois legislators pass mandatory leave 'for any reason'
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  • March 15Ky Senate committee advances sports betting bill
  • March 10Habitat for Humanity, Governor dedicated 100th home to December 2021 tornado survivors
  • March 10MSU celebrates Holi with festival of colors
  • March 8Ky Senate gives nod to bill building nuclear energy development working group
  • March 8Louisville PD routinely violate civil rights, Attorney General says
  • March 1Report: TVA largest mortality rate from coal burning of any US parent company

The Murray State News

The Murray State News

Kentucky Shakespeare Company pose outside of their van before the beginning of their Hamlet tour, which started in Murray. (Photo courtesy of @kyshakespeare on Instagram)

Shakespeare festival explores grief through ‘Hamlet’

Ava Chuppe, Senior Writer March 16, 2023

The Department of English and Philosophy held its annual Shakespeare Festival from March 8 to 10,  which brought in K-12 students from the surrounding community for performances of “Hamlet” in Lovett...

Students from the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Hunt Team compete at regional finals on March 7 at Sewanee: The University of the South. (Photo courtesy of Mary Price)

Hunt Team heads to postseason finals in Georgia

MacKenzie Rogers, Staff Writer March 16, 2023

As the 2023 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Hunt Team show concluded for the season, two members of the team advanced to the last stage in Savannah, Georgia, before nationals. This final...

Winslow Dining Hall is one of several locations on campus where students interested in seeking employment can find work. (Rebeca Mertins Chiodini/The News)

Departments across campus seek student workers

Erinn Finley, News Editor March 9, 2023

Colleges and universities may offer on-campus jobs to help students gain experience and earn money. Murray State currently has multiple job opportunities for students who need to boost their income. Matthew...

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center will serve as the starting point for the suicide prevention walk. (Photo courtesy of

Wellness Center sponsors suicide prevention walk

MacKenzie Rogers, Staff Writer March 9, 2023

With hopes to raise awareness of suicide, a life walk for suicide prevention is set for April 15. A “Life Walk” is meant to represent continuing on with one’s life, regardless of what is coming...

Diana Tunnel is a local drag queen who performs and hosts several drag shows in Murray. (Photo courtesy of Diana Tunnel)

Local drag performer speaks out on anti-drag bill

Raleigh Hightower, Lifestyle Editor March 9, 2023

Senate Bill 115 was introduced into the Kentucky General Assembly on Feb. 10. The bill, which is aimed at “adult-oriented businesses,” would place severe limitations on where drag performances can...

Gregory and Avery Barnes stand alongside friends, family and investors at the grand opening of Frutta Bowls and Saladworks on March 1. (Emma Fisher/The News)

New restaurant opening promotes healthy eating

Raleigh Hightower, Lifestyle Editor March 9, 2023

In order to promote healthy eating and to diversify the local food scene, a Murray State alumnus and his family have opened a co-branded location of the food franchises Frutta Bowls and Saladworks in Murray. The...

The Murray State Arboretum, located on 300 Hickory Dr., is set to host a plant sale featuring an array of household plants on March 3. (Jayden Hayn/The News)

House plant sale to feature violets orchids and more

MacKenzie Rogers, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

The Murray State Arboretum is hosting a house plant sale on Friday, March 3, which will feature a wide variety of house plants. The Arboretum is a public educational garden that opened in 2013 with...

The Mallet Music Concert is one of many musical performances coming this month. (Photo courtesy of @murraystatemusic on Instagram)

Concert spotlights mallet music, percussionists

Jack Ellerbrook, Contributing Writer March 2, 2023

Percussion took the spotlight during the semesterly Mallet Music performance on Wednesday, March 1, with a focus on various genres of music. Freshman music education major Hannah Pritchett, who is part...

Members of several western Kentucky nonprofits table at the Fall 2022 Nonprofit Connections event in the Curris Center Ballroom. (Photo courtesy of

Connection event brings together local nonprofits

Drayton Charlton-Perrin, Contributing Writer March 2, 2023

In an effort to assist students with finding internships and connecting with nonprofit organizations, the semiannual Nonprofit Connections event returns to the Curris Center Thursday, March 2. “Nonprofit...

Dr. Michael Nadorff is an associate professor and the director of the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Mississippi State University.

Research shows link between nightmares, suicide

Ava Chuppe, Senior Writer February 23, 2023

A Feb. 16 psychology lecture shed light on the connection between nightmares and suicide. Titled “Sour Dreams: The Negative Effects of Nightmares and Interventions to Combat Them,” the lecture...

The 23rd annual Murray Shakespeare Festival features a performance of Hamlet and several other events exploring the writing of William Shakespeare. (Photo courtesy of @murraystateenglish on Instagram)

Shakespeare Festival seeks to engage community

Ava Chuppe, Senior Writer February 23, 2023

Following a two-year hiatus during COVID-19, the Department of English and Philosophy will hold its annual Shakespeare Festival on March 9–10, The festival, which began in 2000, aims to engage local...

The original Ice House Gallery facility was destroyed in the tornado that came through Mayfield on Dec. 10, 2021. (Photo courtesy of IceHouseGallery on Facebook)

Art sale aims to support new Mayfield art gallery

Raleigh Hightower, Lifestyle Editor February 16, 2023

On the night of Dec. 10, 2021, the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild and the 26 years of service it provided the community faced a difficult challenge: the destruction of their Ice House Gallery. The...

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